Kat Bishop’s a thief. And a pretty good one, too. But there’s a downside to being a thief. You’re bound to end up in jail sometime.
On the other hand, leaving the family business certainly isn’t easy in a profession like this… and being a thief doesn’t only mean trouble with the law, but with other thieves, too.
Take Arturo Taccone. He claims her dad stole his paintings. Her dad says he didn’t. But Taccone wants those five precious paintings back…or he’ll take five precious people out of Kat’s world.
Author: Ally Carter
Recommended ages: 12 +
Admittedly, I’m on a bit of an Ally Carter marathon right now. I read the Gallagher Girls books for the spy aspect. This one? I read it for the author…and the thieving aspect.
Anyone who likes National Treasure and The Italian Job is bound to like this. I love how the crews always hire people with specialities: planning, techno, leader, comic relief. Heist Society is exactly like that, which is both brilliant and slightly disappointing. I was hoping for something a little more original. Just a little bit.
All the same, I loved it. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the way the whole thing was executed. I loved this book!
Some authors can only write one smart girl in a not-so-average situation, and then they start to sound the same. (I’m thinking of Gallagher Girls: Cammie.) Kat? She was totally new, fresh, and perfect. While she had her similarities to Cammie (I think they’d get on really well with each other) I loved that she was sarcastic. I loved that she was different. Freshness makes the literary world go round.
The fact everyone was related in a huge, dysfunctional family was great. Having the cousins argue (in a friendly way — it is possible), everyone knowing each other, not trusting any outsiders — clever. Clever and fun. The humour was great, and while there were a few references that I would have left out, it was a pretty clean book. Another reason to love this author.
On the negatives…this first one isn’t a negative. It’s a preference. I really love first person. That’s my favourite to read. This was third person, which is okay. It worked perfectly for the book. It’s kind of hard to pull of a complicated heist without sliding into the other situations. The beginning was omniscient. I had terrible doubts. It didn’t grab me and hold me until the second or third chapter. .
The bad guy. Every thieving story has to have the bad thief (compared, of course, to the good thief, right?) Taccone wasn’t bad enough. Oh, he had some terrible threats, some big hit-men, but on the whole, he wasn’t scary. He was bad, but come on. He laughed. He even chuckled once. I might be the only one, but I cannot see anything sinister in a chuckle. I wanted more from him then I got as a reader.
The whole plot was complicated and fast, great fun to read. I felt…and this could possibly be a little bit of a spoiler…it was too easy. I won’t go into details without giving anything away, but I’ll just say, when it comes to robbing a world-famous museum, they’d thought of everything. That’s cool, but…easy. It’s never fun to have the pinnacle of the book go perfectly, or to have a thrown-in twist for the potent moment of climax-bang.
After going through all the negatives, if someone asked me, “Should I read Gallagher Girls or Heist Society?” (if I couldn’t say both), I’d say Heist Society. I just loved it. I’m horribly excited about the second one.